SNOW MONKEY

By George GITTOES

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Social issues - Completed 2015

SNOW MONKEY is an epic portrait of daily life in Jalalabad, where art activist Gittoes recruited
gangs of war-damaged children to shoot local, Pashto-style films: vibrant, colorful and infused with
the violence they experience on a daily basis.

Festivals
& Awards

IDFA 2015
Feature Length Competition
Melbourne Fest. 2015
Australian Showcase
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Social issues, Documentary
    • Countries
    • AUSTRALIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, PASHTU, ARABIC
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 148 mn
    • Director(s)
    • George GITTOES
    • Producer(s)
    • Lizzette ATKINS (UNICORN FILMS), George GITTOES (Gittoes Films)
    • Synopsis
    • For almost 50 years, activist artist George Gittoes has stood on the frontlines of the world's most
      brutal conflicts and borne witness to the best and the worst of humanity. Now living in Afghanistan's
      remote Jalalabad province, Gittoes turns his attention to the lives of the children and outcasts of this
      war-torn land as IS make violent inroads into the Taliban infested area. In Snow Monkey, Gittoes
      paints a portrait of a Jalalabad seething with humanity, adversity and hope – focusing on three
      gangs of children: the Ghostbusters, persecuted Kochi boys who hawk exorcisms of bad luck and
      demons; the Snow Monkeys, who sell ice cream to support their families; and the Gangsters, a razor
      gang led by a nine-year-old antihero called Steel, terrifying to the core but still capable of
      experiencing aspects of the childhood seemingly taken from him. With a deeply humane vision that
      won him the Sydney Peace Prize, Gittoes shows us the unseen nature of Afghanistan's politics,
      culture and society, up close and startlingly personal.
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